Ross Brawn doesn't think Max Verstappen will let the outcome of the F1 Spanish Grand Prix get to him, as the Dutchman is aware this his is best chance at a championship yet.
The Red Bull driver took the lead off the line in Spain, getting past pole sitter Lewis Hamilton with a fine pass into Turn 1. Although Verstappen found himself in the lead for much of the race, it wasn't enough as Mercedes made their two-stop strategy work. As a result Brawn believes Verstappen won't be too down about the result as there was little Red Bull could do to stop the Silver Arrows.
"I’m not sure Red Bull could have done anything other than what they did in terms of strategy in Spain," Brawn explained in his column for Formula1.com. "Had they boxed the lap after Lewis’s second stop, they would have conceded track position. Whether or not that would have meant a closer contest to the end of the Grand Prix is simply speculation.
"Max won’t let this result get to him, though. This was a very, very good drive from him. His package just wasn’t quick enough. He knows this is his best chance ever to win the world title – and will back himself to take victory next time out in Monaco."
Brawn was impressed by how Verstappen found his way past Hamilton on the opening lap, pointing out the Dutchman needed to be aggressive off the line to have any chance at taking victory.
"Max did everything right at the start to impressively take the lead," Brawn continued. "He’s not afraid to take the fight to Lewis. The reality is he knows he unlikely to beat Lewis if he’s second at the end of the first lap so. And that gives him the commitment to go for a pass when it’s 50-50.
"In contrast, Lewis knows that he can beat Max from second place on lap one – as he did today – so he doesn’t necessarily take that risk."